Our Vision:

Thriving American Cities

From Richmond, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, many cities across the nation continue to face significant economic challenges. These cities – and the people who live there – are essential to the nation’s economic future. With the right leaders, collaborating partners, new solutions and bold actions, these places and their people can achieve economic turnarounds and prosper.

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Planning & Implementation

We partner with elected local leaders in economically challenged communities to develop and implement recovery strategies.

Peer Learning

We facilitate opportunities for local leaders to connect and share insight, experience, and challenges with their peers in other cities.


We conduct research to provide local leaders and state and federal policymakers with information they need to adopt policies that foster economic revitalization in economically challenged cities.

Success Story

A Cross-Cutting Approach in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio is an inner ring suburb of 45,000 residents that has lost nearly 10% of its population since 2000. Working with the city manager, the Network provided advice on how the city could best facilitate redevelopment of a failing, privately-owned, 65-acre mall, practical support for better using technology and data to drive code enforcement, and a strategy for the launch of a partnership with a community development corporation to drive neighborhood revitalization.

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While places like @CityofRockford may rank in the triple digits in a 2020 U.S. News ranking, there's more to it than meets the eye. The folks behind Transform Rockford (@TransformRkfd) took a deeper look into what's going well here and what to improve:

Rockford ranks behind Flint in U.S. News best places to live list

ROCKFORD — A U.S. News & World Report of the best metro areas to live wasn’t very bullish on Rockford.U.S. News expanded its annual Best Place...


Surplus land, nonprofit expertise in helping neighbors exist homelessness, and a GO bond to provide funding created the formula for the first #TinyHome community in Bernalillo County, New Mexico (@BernCounty) by Rachel Looker for @NACoTweets

N.M county builds tiny homes for its transient population

For a new housing community in Bernalillo County, N.M., it’s all about the location of a neighborhood-scaled tiny home village to house individu...


To help match the available #workforce with open FedEx positions, six houses of worship in @CityOfMemphis are taking a creative approach, ensuring new workers will have reliable transportation: by @gwrisher for @dailymemphian

FedEx, churches team up on employee shuttles

FedEx’s push to hire about 2,000 more people to work at the Memphis hub includes better pay and a faith-based partnership aimed at reaching peop...


When Virginia state senator @RichardStuartVA found headstones on his property, it brought to light that the relocation of DC's Columbian Harmony Cemetery wasn't complete. Now, an opportunity to atone: by @SchneiderG for @washingtonpost

A Virginia state senator found headstones on his property. It brought to light a historic injustice in D.C.

The headstones had been ripped up from Columbian Harmony Cemetery, which served thousands of Black families for a century.


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